Seminar: Geeking Inclusive: Supportive Gadgetry in Higher Education


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Start Time: 

2:00 PM

End Time: 

3:30 PM

Participants in this seminar will uncover ways in which mobile technology (e.g. tablets, smartphones) is being used to reduce barriers to communication, academic content, social connection, and independence into the college experience for students with disabilities. Leaders from three TPSID (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities) programs will share their experiences and best practices in using mobile devices with students and staff. Participants will discover a variety of popular apps available for executive functioning skills (e.g. organization, productivity, self-determination) for all individuals.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will identify how mobile technology is implemented through best practice models in higher education across the country.
  2. Participants will learn strategies to implement a mobile technologies program on their college campus.
  3. Participants will leave with a minimum of 20 educational apps to integrate into their daily lives.
  4. Participants will be able to identify ways to promote independence on the college campus for students using mobile technology.
  5. Participants will learn about app resources and app rubrics to determine the most effective apps for educational and personal use.
  6. Participants will learn a minimum of 10 strategies to engage students in sharing and evaluating their own college experience through the use of mobile technology.

Presenter Biographies

Photo: Lori Cooney

Lori Cooney (M.Ed.) is a Project Coordinator and Universal Design Specialist for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Lori has extensive experience in delivering professional development on instructional technology resources, universal design techniques, lesson plans and assessment strategies that meet the learning styles of all students.


Photo: Christine Bennett


Christine Bennett (B.A.) is a graduate assistant with the Dual Enrollment with Individualized Supports project at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Center on Disability Studies. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Psychology. Her research is focused on interpersonal relationships and examining factors contributing to satisfaction within romantic relationships.



Eric Folk (M.Ed.) is the Project Director of the TPSID-funded Dual Enrollment with Individualized Supports Project at the University of Hawai‘i Center on Disability Studies. His research interests include inclusive postsecondary education, and acculturation and cultural identity development. Folk is also a professional percussionist who has performed with many popular Hawai‘i entertainers.


Photo: Kristen Love


Kristen Love (M.Ed.) is the Project Coordinator for the four TPSID projects in the Western New York TPSID Consortium. Love’s research interests include participatory action research and student development for college students with intellectual disabilities. Love plans to complete her PhD from the University of Rochester in spring 2013.


Photo: Martha Mock


Martha Mock (Ph.D.) is the Director of the Western New York TPSID Consortium that includes four colleges. Mock also directs the Institute for Innovative Transition, at University of Rochester. Mock’s research interests include inclusive higher education, effective evaluation, and the value of student voice in shaping college experiences.